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Is Tokyo Heading for a Lockdown?: 21 Days if Abe Declares a State of Emergency

Is Tokyo heading a heading for a lockdown? That’s the question that many Tokyoites are struggling with this week. However, for many weeks, Tokyoites had been living their lives as if the coronavirs pandemic were not affecting many countries and overwhelming their health care systems; and while cases skyrocketed in countries like South Korea, Iran,…

BREAKING NEWS: The Olympics Have Been Postponed

It’s official, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be taking place in 2020. Still, the Olympics will be moved to summer 2021 at the latest. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo reached the decision on Tuesday. The unprecedented move comes as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic that has locked…

Fake News: How People Foolishly Rushed to Buy Toilet Paper

Interesting developments have been taking place ever since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across Japan were going to close from a long period of time starting Monday, March 2, as a way to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. by Martin Danker View…

BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus Cases in Japan Reach 1,000

As Japan tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the number of confirmed cases has topped 1,000, which includes the 706 cases from the Diamond Princess. Of these numbers, Hokkaido reports the largest of cases at 79, which prompted the prefectural government to declare a state of emergency. by Martin Danker View this post on Instagram…

BREAKING NEWS: Japan Closes Schools for One Month

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested all elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to close from March 2 to the end of the spring vacation. Meaning that schools will remain closed for the entirety of March and reopen in April unless plans change. by Martin Danker The decision comes as Japan faces multiple problems…

The Sales Tax Increase to 10% is Taking a Toll on the Environment

by Martin Danker On October 1, 2019, Japan’s consumption tax finally increased to 10%. This had been long in the making, and something Japanese residents knew would eventually happen. However, within the first days of the consumption tax increase (which went up from 8% to 10%), retailers and consumers have been failing to adjust, and…

Call him Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe

Taro Kono, the foreign minister of Japan is making headlines by urging Western news media to portary Japanese names with the family name first and the first name second, as is done in the Japanese language. As an example, he said that Shinzo Abe’s name should be written as “Abe Shinzo”, even adding that now…